On Families and Faith: A Response to Mary Eberstadt’s “How the West Really Lost God”

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Our congregations should make families key to our ministries, but we should support the health of families regardless of their constitution. [Read more...]

Saints Everywhere: On Brandon Vogt’s “Saints and Social Justice”

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Although I am a progressive Protestant and by inclination feel some discomfort in setting apart certain people as saints, I found Brandon Vogt’s Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World is an inspiring book. While many of the stories of saints belong more to legend than fact, what shines through is that [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – July 6, 2014 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Reflections for July 6, 2014  Romans 7:15-25a Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 “Come to me all who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” These authoritative words from Jesus serve as God’s response to Paul’s, and our own, inner turmoil and ethical angst. Jesus speaks out of his unique relationship [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: June 29, 2014

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Lectionary Reflecions for the Third Sunday after Pentecost June 29, 2014 Genesis 22:1-14 Psalm 13 Jeremiah 28:5-9 Romans 6:12-23 Matthew 10:40-42 This week’s stories are all challenging. We need to take exception to the story of Abraham and Isaac to be faithful to the God of grace. Following Christ is ultimately about a life-giving lifestyle, [Read More...]

Relativity and Revelation: Responding to Samaa Habib’s “Face to Face with Jesus”

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Samaa Habib’s Face to Face with Jesus: A Former Muslim’s Journey to Heaven and Encounter with the God of Love is a fascinating spiritual autobiography, describing one person’s encounter with the holy.  It is a highly personal book with universal ramifications.  It is highly particularistic and sectarian, yet it also has an unexpected globalism. Like [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for June 22, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for the Second Sunday After Pentecost – June 22, 2014 Genesis 21:8-21 Psalm 81:1-10, 16-17 Romans 6:1b-11 Matthew 10:24-39 God is faithful and invites us to look beyond our own resources and self-interest to a larger vision of life.  When trouble surrounds us, we are not alone; God is with us.  These affirmations [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Trinity Sunday – June 15, 2014

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Lectionary Reflections for Trinity Sunday June 15, 2014 Genesis 1:1-2:4a Psalm 8 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Matthew 28:16-20 With summer on the horizon, the scriptures celebrate creation and our place in it.  It’s not about us.  We have a unique mission but it is part of a larger holy adventure of divine wisdom and creativity.  We [Read More...]


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